I'm on the verge of a move along the east coast and will soon be able to afford a new puppy. I'm a writer and will be working a bit over 40 hours a week, yet would very much like a dog. I've looked into Dobermans, Irish Setters, English Foxhounds and Beagles. I understand a Beagle is not ideal for the amount of time I will be away daily, but am still very interested in the breed.
Right now, I'm considering taking a week off when I decide to get my pup in order to acclomate it to its new home, and I'm wondering if this is a measure worth taking. Also, I'd like any input on a single male buying a pup when it most definitely will spent significant amounts of time alone daily. I certainly am dedicated to training the pup on my own, and have a lifetime's worth of experience with dogs.
Any input on my future pup will be welcome and thought deeply upon.
Staying home for a week is a good idea, and would help you jump-start housetraining since you could take the dog out every hour or two. But it's not really enough if you want a puppy, as in 8-10 weeks old, and work an 8-hour day. For the first few weeks and maybe even months the dog will need to be let outside every 4 hrs or less, which means coming home from work mid-day or hiring a pet sitter to do that for you. Pet sitters run about $15 per visit. It is also difficult for a puppy that young to be alone for so long, in a crate.
You could get around that by adopting a young dog (6 months +) or even an adult. We adopted our first dog as an adult and it was the best decision we could possibly have made-he was already housebroken, did not know commands but turned out to be easily trainable, and has the best, most affectionate temperament in dog I have ever known. We also work a 40 hr work week and can't go home mid-day, so an adult dog made sense for us, and we have a dog door so he can let himself out whenever he needs to.
Many the breeds you chose don't really sound compatible with your lifestyle. I am guessing that if you work 40 hours a week, you're looking at spending an hour or so with your dog in the morning before work and several hours at night before bed during the week, and only have weekends for more activities. You need a low energy dog, or at least a dog you can tire easily. You would be better off with a small to medium sized dog, and not a hunting or herding breed. Having a small dog also makes having a dog door less of a worry (as in, it's not big enough for a person to climb through); from experience, I highly recommend having a small dog and a dog door! Of course this also implies you have a house and a securely fenced yard.
An 8-10 week old puppy cannot hold it for as long as you are away...they can only hold it 4-5 hours at the most!
Also, the breeds you are interested in might not fit as well with your lifestyle.
Have you considered an older puppy (6+ months old) or an young adult dog. Perhaps a rescue/shelter dog? Often, you can find what you are looking for (even purebreds--the breeds you mentioned at least) in rescues/shelters that might fit better into your lifestyle.
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Please do not get a puppy. Puppies need so much care, not just the going out every half hour or so but need to be fed at least 4 times a day. If they don't eat often enough their glucose levels can drop dangerously low & cause seizures.
The first 6 months they also need a lot of mental stimulation. Sitting in a crate all day does not provide much of that.
There are many breeds that are still pretty much a puppy until at least 3 years. Especially since you seem to be interested in that larger active breeds, you need to consider they need at least 3 brisk 20 - 30 minute walks a day.
I would suggest a dog at least over a year of age.
Since you say you have a lifetime experience with dogs then you should be aware as to how much time a puppy takes. Puppies are sooo cute and sweet but I too would suggest an older puppy or maybe a 1-2 yr. old one. They also are cute and sweet and don't require as much time potty training and needing someone home most of the time (though it is nice if someone could be home with them). You didn't mention if you were moving into an apartment or house, have a lot of yard or no yard, will you be close to work so maybe you could come home for lunch or arrange for someone to come take the dog out? I know you are moving into a new area but do you know anyone there yet that could help you out? Will you be home on the weekends for the pup and how active are you and are you looking for and active dog or inactive one? How much maintence do you want to do? Long/short hair? Big/small dog? So many questions not enough space for them all sorry about that.